Woman with tinnitus and ringing in her ears getting a headache.

It’s well known that stress, particularly for extended amounts of time, can be very hazardous for your body. When you suffer from persistent stress, everything from headaches to severe muscle aches can be the outcome. But tinnitus, a clicking, buzzing, or ringing in the ears can also be the outcome.

Stress isn’t the only thing that can trigger tinnitus, it can also be caused by a sinus infection, loud noises, and other factors. Let’s take a look at some potential causes.

Unhealthy Stress – How to Identify it

You may be asking yourself how stress lends to tinnitus. It’s often easy to take for granted how extreme the medical impact of stress can be on our bodies. Ignoring stress is a bad idea.

Healthy Stress

Stress that persists a few minutes, or even several hours, can actually play an important role in getting necessary tasks completed. If you’re dealing with a deadline and need to focus on completing a project, stress can be an ally by supplying the boost of energy needed to get the job done.

There is a difference, however, between healthy, short-term stress and unhealthy, destructive stress. The ability to complete goals can be helped by healthy stress while unhealthy stress can physically harm you.

Unhealthy Stress

Unhealthy stress is caused by the fear of something that, in most cases, never in fact happens. When someone stays in a heightened state of anxiety, the result is frequently unhealthy stress.

In dangerous conditions, the fight or flight response is a normal reaction but it also relates to unhealthy stress. Harmful physical symptoms occur when someone stays in a hyper-stressful situation for extended periods.


Unhealthy stress is often the result of worrying. We might exaggerate the significance of a situation or a relationship with another person. We may have ourselves convinced that we said or did something to ruin our chances at a promotion. When you worry in this way your invasive thoughts can really run away from you.

Invasive Thoughts And Unhealthy Stress

We might think that we are falling behind and failing to accomplish our daily schedule. We may obsess, talk to ourselves, or even have panic attacks. Eventually, our unhealthy stress wears on our bodies if we don’t take steps to curtail these thoughts.

Pain and muscle tension on the upper body are common effects of unhealthy stress. Affected areas might include the head, neck, jaw, or shoulders.

Jaw Tension And Anger

Have you ever read a book where the author talks about a character as being so angry his jaw clenched in rage? Stress, worry, anger, and intrusive thoughts frequently come with jaw strain.

Sustained tension can put pressure on the delicate bones of the inner ear and eardrum. Eventually, this strain can result in ringing in your ears.

Ear Strain And Sinus Infections

From sore throats to stuffy noses, sinus infections bring lots of undesired symptoms.

Sinus infections generate headaches, sinus pressure, and pressure in the ears. A buzzing, clicking and ringing can be the outcome.

A stuffy nose often spreads to the ears when you have a sinus infection. This can create accumulated earwax, which causes blockages in the ears and severe pressure on the eardrums. Pressure on the tiny bones of the inner ear can trigger tinnitus symptoms.

You might not need to visit a hearing professional if the ringing is the result of a sinus infection, as the symptoms could improve naturally. But you should definitely make an appointment with us if the ringing continues for more than a few days.

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

The intermittent music show probably won’t cause long-term ear-ringing. However, you could be putting stress on the fragile parts of your ear if you frequently expose yourself to intense sound.

When you expose your ears to intense noises frequently, your eardrums and the bones of the inner ears are strained, which can lead to buzzing, ringing, or clicking.

Above and beyond ringing in the ears, temporary or even lasting hearing loss can be the result of repeated exposure to loud sounds. Listening to music at a sensible volume and wearing ear protection when necessary is crucial for hearing health.

Safeguarding Your Ears

Tinnitus is not something you should disregard regardless of which one of these is the cause. Getting your hearing tested by a hearing specialist regularly is your best bet. If you suspect the ringing in your ears has a serious underlying medical cause, you should have them checked for your peace of mind.

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